Data! Action! Data journalism issues to watch in the next 10 years
MA Online Journalism
Birmingham City University
“We are moving from the
knowledge/power nexus portrayed
by Foucault to a data/action nexus
that does not need to move
through theory: All it needs is
data together with preferred
Using data to tell stories in the
best possible way, combining the
best techniques of journalism:
including visualizations, concise
explanation and the latest
technology. It should be open,
accessible and enlightening.
Flowing Data’s NYC map
offers a great example of how three
mapping traps — seasonal bias,
location fuzziness, and tagging
bias — can lead to a map that
does not reflect reality.
Statistics are like a bikini.
What they reveal is suggestive,
but what they conceal is vital.”“
Prof. Aaron Levenstein
Having a simple data vis
on the page increases dwell time
by a third”“
Trinity Mirror Editorial Conference 2014
“Photos give the biggest lift with
quotes coming in a close second.
Tweets containing numbers, a video url and hashtags also lead to double-digit boost.”
The death of 1 man = tragedy,
the death of millions is a statistic
Courts punish people less
harshly when they harm more
Wilson Lowrey http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/figure/10.1080/1461670X.2015.1052537
“This clash of logics has
required journalists to reshape
forms and practices in order to
regain lost legitimacy, and the fact
checking site is a result of this
reshaping [because it takes sides].”
1. How independent?
2. How do we choose?
3. Who has a voice?
4. Myth vs truth?
5. What mistakes do we make?
6. How do we engage?
7. What are (and can) we automating?
8. How do we ensure integrity?
9. What cultures and why?
10. Data as power!
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